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Depending on condition the biggest concern is going to be support. Check out the dealers and see how they stack up as far as parts and repairs go. I farm. Where I'm at I have an AGCO MF dealer about 14 miles and CaseIH/NH John Deer at about 30. Both the JD and CaseIH dealers are pretty good and the AGCO MF dealer stinks. When my BIL had the AGCO MF dealer rebuild the engine on his AC tractor they called and told him it needed a new crank shaft and that it was NLA. I looked it up on the AGCO parts look up and it was available. My BIL had to order it from another dealer, pick it up and deliver it to the one that had his tractor. That's pretty poor service and it's the dealer not AGCO. I do own a TLB. Nearest dealer is now over 150 miles. Next major project that thing is out of here and I'm going to something I can gets parts for without a major trip.
A farm tractor isn't designed to move earth. It would depend on just how much you have to do. If only a little a bigger tractor may do what you want but if a large project it may be too much for it. Yea it can be done but you have to work slow. If you have time go look at some used farm tractors with loaders on them. You will find many of them with weld after weld on the loaders and really worn shifters from repeated shifting from F to R. A lot of older farm tractors had a counterpart that was pretty close to the same but sold as industrial models. Many had shuttle shift, heavier front axles and much heavier loaders on them.
From what you are describing as to the work you want to do, time permitting a TLB may be a good solution. The backhoe bucket with it's teeth can be used to scratch out brush and roots without moving too much soil and if equipped with a 4-1 bucket makes short work of moving brush piles. Faster ground speed than a crawler and cheaper to maintain. You can also dig out stumps of trees you want out, plus it's roadable if you need to use it someplace else. Then add in a larger farm tractor and a 1 to 1 1/2 yard pan if you want to build a pond.
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